External Event
Virtual Seminar

Financing food systems transformation

Online Event

In the run-up to the UN Food Systems Summit, excitement is building around game-changing solutions emerging from the Action Tracks and country policy priorities identified in national dialogues. Development of these solutions is benefiting from the lens of the five UNFSS cross-cutting levers and the evidence-based focus provided by the Scientific Group. But implementation will depend on countries’ ability to access and adequately utilize funding for food systems transformation. 

This event, organized by CGIAR-IFPRI in coordination with the UNFSS Scientific Group, will bring together a group of experts to discuss options for mobilizing and utilizing funding to finance food systems transformation and achieve the related Sustainable Development Goals. Speakers will consider financing options from the perspective of consumers, value chain operators, international development funds, public budgets, banking systems, and capital markets, with a particular focus on  SDG 2 Zero Hunger.

Opening Remarks

Financing Food Systems Transformation


  • Bettina Prato, Senior Coordinator, Smallholder and Agri-SME Finance and Investment Network, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • Carin Smaller, Director, Agriculture, Trade & Investment, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
  • Rob Vos, Director of Markets, Trade and Institutions Division, CGIAR-IFPRI
  • Deissy Martinez-Baron, Regional Coordinator, CGIAR Research Program for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), CGIAR Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT
  • Tony Siantonas, Director, Scaling Positive Agriculture, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (wbcsd)

Closing Remarks

  • Joachim von Braun, Chair, Scientific Group for the UNFSS; Director, Center for Development Research (ZEF) and Professor for Economic and Technological Change, Bonn University; & President, Pontifical Academy of Sciences